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'You are ready and getting readier' – Ramaphosa is pleased with Mpumalanga's Covid-19 plans

3rd July 2020 Conducting an oversight visit in Mpumalanga on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was pleased with the plans the province has put in place to deal with Covid-19, especially as infections are expected to rise. As of 2 July, Mpumalanga had 1 478 confirmed cases of Covid-19, one of the... 

Zondo Commission is biased, a 'farce', says letter from ex-Prasa CEO Lucky Montana

3rd July 2020 The former CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Lucky Montana, has lashed out at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, accusing the committee's chairperson, Deputy Justice Raymond Zondo, of "bias" following days of hearing damning evidence about alleged corruption at the rail... 

First quarter GDP falls by 2% as recession continues

30th June 2020 South Africa's economy decreased by 2.0% in the first quarter of 2020, Statistics South Africa reported on Tuesday morning.  This extends the technical recession that the country found itself in in the last quarter of 2019. The release of Stats SA's latest quarterly GDP figures comes a week after... 

Western Cape government calls on Gordhan to rescue Cape Town Port from Covid carnage

30th June 2020 The Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, has called for Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan to urgently provide resources to resolve the current operational challenges at the port of Cape Town. Maynier said in a statement that in recent... 

More South African airports to open as aviation industry gradually resume flights

29th June 2020 While more local airports will be allowed to operate for domestic flights from 1 July, all international passenger flights are prohibited except those flights authorised by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, and only for repatriation of South African citizens and medical evacuation. Mbalula made... 

Fuel prices projected to increase due to weak rand, rebound in global oil market – AA

26th June 2020 The Automobile Association is projecting that South African motorists will pay about R1.73 more for a litre petrol, and R1.74/l more for diesel, from next week when fuel prices for July come into effect.   It was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy... 

Zuma trial: French arms company Thales intends to challenge racketeering charge

23rd June 2020 French arms company Thales' legal team says they will challenge racketeering charges brought against it in their criminal matter with co-accused former President Jacob Zuma, potentially delaying the trial further. 

More than R1bn allocated for taxi industry relief – Mbalula

19th June 2020 More than a billion rand in relief has been allocated to the taxi industry to aid thousands of taxis and their operators during the Covid-19 pandemic, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said. "Government has offered the taxi industry a relief package of R1.135 billion. Reaching agreement... 

Eastern Cape hotspots to be zoned in on as Mkhize turns attention to 'vulnerable' province

8th June 2020 The Eastern Cape's Covid-19 hotspots will be divided into sub-districts to better manage the fight against the pandemic through regional responses in the "vulnerable" province, the national Department of Health said on Sunday. This after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said he would visit the... 

Scopa wants public works to stop paying for 'absolute mess' of a fence at Beitbridge border

4th June 2020   Parliament's public finance watchdog supports the directive from law enforcement agencies that the Department of Public Works pays no further money on the "absolute mess" of a fence at the Beitbridge border until all investigations are completed. 

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